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I had a recent upper respiratory infection. What is the most effective treatment?

I had a recent upper respiratory infection. What is the most effective treatment?

Time and Drugs: There are lots of things that can cause a persistent cough. Some will go way on their own like colds, viral infections etc. Others will not go away such as chronic sinusitis, allergies etc. If you are still coughing, call your family doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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What is the rattle noise upon exhaling when my toddler has a respiratory infection? Should I continue the albuterol breathing treatments?

What is the rattle noise upon exhaling when my toddler has a respiratory infection? Should I continue the albuterol breathing treatments?

Rattle noise exhalin: I think what you are describing is wheezing and your pediatrician has prescribed Albuterol Inhalation for it. Did you ask the doc if your child has asthma and if it is, you need to get educated to take care of your child. Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the bronchi and you need proper treatment with inhaled steroids and albuterol, unless he is being treated for bronchiolitis. ...Read more

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My 14 month old has asthma and a upper respiratory infection was put on prednisone and albuterol. He's still wheezing after treatments is this normal?

My 14 month old has asthma and a upper respiratory infection was put on prednisone and albuterol. He's still wheezing after treatments is this normal?

Yes: You can be wheezing when you leave the hospital. If he has difficulty breathing and looks like he did when you decided to seek medical attention, might be worth going back to be re-seen. ...Read more

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How can I cure an upper respiratory infection (uri) on my own?

How can I cure an upper respiratory infection (uri) on my own?

You can't: You don't "cure" viral uris. They go away on their own while you treat the symptoms. ...Read more

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I think I got a UTI a week after starting zpak for upper respiratory infection from a applicator for my Estrace. Will the zpak cure uti?

I think I got a UTI a week after starting zpak for upper respiratory infection from a applicator for my Estrace. Will the zpak cure uti?

Probably: The Z-pack isn't commonly prescribed for a UTI but it is effective against e-coli (the most common UTI bacteria) and will likely get rid of it. If your syptoms persist, you may want to be on a different antibiotic. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Is it possible to cure from an upper respiratory infection with over-the-counter meds? If so, recommendations please?

Is it possible to cure from an upper respiratory infection with over-the-counter meds? If so, recommendations please?

Symptomatic care: It will take7-10 days together better with or without medicine. Tincture of time is the best healer. Symptomatic care like fluids, saline nose drops, humidity and tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen will help. ...Read more

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I've got a respiratory infection please help. What are the best meds for this?

Depends: It depends on the type of infection. If you have strep, then Amoxicillin is one choice.
If you have a more atypical respiratory illness such as mycoplasma, then a course of Azithromycin is indicated. If you are allergic to any medications, it is important that you let your physician know. Most respiratory illness are viral and in healthy individuals requires no antiviral treatment. ...Read more

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I get upper respitory infection about every month or so. Isn't it too much? Am I possibly deficient in something?

Yes: This is unusual and I suspect that your problem is more likely from an allergic disease such as asthma if you are healthy otherwise. Consult an allergist/immunologist. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a uppee respitory infection?

How can I tell if I have a uppee respitory infection?

Be seen: There is a constellation of symptoms, your doctor can determine if you have something viral or bacterial or an allergy. ...Read more

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My hubby & 10 wk son r sick, respiratory infection, 6 days. I think I may b getting it, pervention?

My hubby & 10 wk son r sick, respiratory infection, 6 days. I think I may b getting it, pervention?

Hard to prevent it: If one truly has gotten a cold virus, it will have to run its course. Some people take extra vitamin c (may upset the stomach) and some take extra zinc (most lozenges have lots of sugar), but how much these things help is uncertain. Avoiding overexertion, such as not running a 3-mile race, is wise. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help with aches and fevers. A doctor can check for strep throat or the flu. ...Read more

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I am taking ceptozil for an upper respitory infection can it cause any adverse affects to my kidney?

I am taking ceptozil for an upper respitory infection can it cause any adverse affects to my kidney?

Cefprozil?: Not sure what ceptozil is but there is a drug Cefprozil (cefzil), which is an oral cephalosporin and like others of its class is generally well tolerated by the kidney. ...Read more

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Isick for two weeks so I went to the doc and I have a sinus and respitory infection from meds I am better but not fully how long should it last?

Isick for two weeks so I went to the doc and I have a sinus and respitory infection from meds I am better but not fully how long should it last?

Sinus/resp infection: Sinus infxns not uncommonly take a couple weeks to resolve, even with antibiotics. Which part of the respiratory tract was involved? Nose & throat? Or lungs? Uri's tend to resolve in 7-10 days; lower resp tract infxns may take couple weeks depending on how involved they were. After 2 weeks u should be feeling almost your normal self. If not, see doc again. ...Read more

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I recent had a fbc done, doc said I shouldn't be worried however reported that I have a high infection result. What does that mean? Is there something wrong with me? She diagnosed me with upper respitory infection and prescribed amoxyln.

I recent had a fbc done, doc said I shouldn't be worried however reported that I have a high infection result. What does that mean? Is there something wrong with me? She diagnosed me with upper respitory infection and prescribed amoxyln.

Yes: Your white cell count goes up in response to an infection. Your doctor was likely referring to your infective markers being up. This helps us to confirm an infection and treat it appropriately ie with antibiotcs. It should settle with this treatment. ...Read more

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Can you fly if have an upper respitory infection?

Can you fly if have an upper respitory infection?

It's a cold: "upper respiratory infection" is the medical name for the common cold. You absolutely can fly with a cold if you have to, but consider holding off because of the risk that you will share your cold with everyone else on the plane. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes respiratory infection in humans?

Viruses: Viruses are the #1 cause. Bacteria can also cause respiratory infections. Rarely there are parasites and fungi that can infect the lungs as well. ...Read more

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Can a child get an infection from a cat that has a respiratory infection?

Can a child get an infection from a cat that has a respiratory infection?

Not likely: There are illnesses that can pass from animals to humans like tapeworm, skin fungus called ringworm, leptospirosis, and some others. It is not likely that a cat will pass a respiratory infection to your child. It is unusual for animals to be ill so I would have the cat see the vet. ...Read more

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What's the name of the respiratory infection caused by air conditioning units?

What's the name of the respiratory infection caused by air conditioning units?

None really: You are thinking of legionella pneumonia, but its not caused by the air conditioning unit. It is caused by the standing water being contaminated by the bug legionella pneumophilla. It can also cause allergic or hypersensitivity reactions in the lung, and generally only affects those with other chronic illnesses (heart failure or emphysema). ...Read more

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After respiratory infection my daily 02 stats stay below 88. What could be causing this?

Mgt suggestions: After a respiratory infection, there can be residual asthma associated symptoms. If this is associated with cough, chest tightness, wheezing, for example, then an inhaler to reverse bronchospasm may alleviate the symptoms.
Since you have pulmonary hypertension, it is important to follow up with your specialist. They can adjust your oxygen supplementation to keep your saturation above 90 percent. ...Read more

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My husband has a respiratory infection (3rd day, 1st on meds), is ok for him to be around 10wk baby?

My husband has a respiratory infection (3rd day, 1st on meds), is ok for him to be around 10wk baby?

Yes: Remember that infections aren't spread by magic. This type would be spread by contact, either with infected surfaces or respiratory secretions spread by coughs or sneezes. Good hand washing and mouth covering should suffice, just be careful. But no reason dad needs to be banished to the basement... ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have acid reflux or respiratory infection?

What do you recommend if I have acid reflux or respiratory infection?

See a doctor: For both of these you need a full detailed evaluation with history, physical exam and possibly labs, imaging studies and procedures. Do not ignore this, see a doctor soon. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a respiratory infection or asthma or is it nothing?

How to know if I have a respiratory infection or asthma or is it nothing?

Get tested: Testing for asthma is a very simple process. It is mostly dependent on your oral history of attacks, when where and why. Respiratory infections can also be diagnosed through routine tests. If you think you are having symptoms of either, please get checked by your physician.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Can upper respitory infection last 4 weeks?

Yes: There are several possible causes for persistence of symptoms due to uris. You can see this with adult pertussis (whooping cough), mycoplasma pneumoniae infection, and there are a variety of chronic conditions that are infectious (tb, fungal, etc.) causes and non-infectious conditions that can do this. ...Read more

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Signs that my baby has a respiratory infection?

Signs that my baby has a respiratory infection?

Cough and runny nose: A respiratory infection is, basically, a cold. Typical symptoms are cough, runny nose and congestion, restlessness, fever possibly. Sometimes they don't eat as well, especially with the runny nose. If there's trouble breathing, a lot of fever or dehydration, call your pediatrician immediately. ...Read more

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Can pollution cause respiratory infection in babies?

Can pollution cause respiratory infection in babies?

YES...: Air, pollution can cause irritation to the developing airways. Chronic exposure to cigarette smoke, for example, can lead to airway hypersensitivity, hyper-reactivity leading to cough, breathing difficulty, wheezing, which eventually make the infant vulnerable to infections, e.g. Respiratory, ear infections, etc. And chronic ill health. ...Read more

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Can a respiratory infection be contracted through oral sex?

Can a respiratory infection be contracted through oral sex?

Oral sex to blame?: I would doubt it. That is the simple answer, but I suspect there is more to this question.

Was kissing involved? Was there any trauma to your airway or theirs? Were either of you sick prior to the sexual encounter? Was there an exchange of body fluids?

Now, a throat infection or an oral infection from gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, or syphilis is known to occur during sexual activity. ...Read more

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Can my rattling chest mean my respiratory infection is breaking up?

Can my rattling chest mean my respiratory infection is breaking up?

Possibly: Rattling chest could mean upper airway congestion after mucous has traveled up from the lung. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die due to respiratory infection with a oxygen level of 95 in 48 hours?

Is it possible to die due to respiratory infection with a oxygen level of 95 in 48 hours?

Sure: Your oxygen level of 95 is normal. However that's not to say you won't get septic and develop septic shock and die in 48 hours. Or get a PE. There are many things that can happen to someone aside from having low oxygen. ...Read more

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Can nebulizing only with Seline be helpful in releasing congestion due to upper respitory infection in a 4 yrs old?

Can nebulizing only with Seline be helpful in releasing congestion due to upper respitory infection in a 4 yrs old?

Sometimes: I have often suggested this for families who have the machine available. An unopened/dedcated bottle of nasal saline can work, and some pharmacies carry saline for nebulizer. It may help loosen thick mucus in the airways and can do so without the side effects in albuterol. ...Read more

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What should I do about an upper respiratory infection?

It depends: On how long you have had it and how serious it is. If minor symptoms, consider reading the link below for some advice.
http://summaries. Cochrane. Org/search/site/cold

if productive cough, fever, etc, see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have an upper respiratory infection, could you please help me?

I have an upper respiratory infection, could you please help me?

Comfort: You have a cold...rest and hydrate. Not much else you can do. Try not to spread it to others. Please be specific in your next question if you want something more. ...Read more

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Should I go back to work after 3 days with an upper respiratory infection?

URI Symptoms: As long as the symptoms have improved significantly, I think going back to work would be fine. If you still need cold medicine, I wouldn't go back yet as the medicines can make you excessively sleepy. Feel better! ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a respiratory infection or asthma or something else?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a respiratory infection or asthma or something else?

Doctor visit: Respiratory infections usually involve fever, cough, sinus drainage etc...Asthma is a more chronic condition characterized primarily by wheezing that improves with an inhaler. Your doctor can help sort that out. ...Read more

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I was wondering is a respiratory infection contagious? Will cough drops work as a permanent solution?

I was wondering is a respiratory infection contagious? Will cough drops work as a permanent solution?

Cold: Colds and the flu are contagious by droplet and contact. Cough drops only treat symptoms not the cause. If you're cough is persistent see your doctor to make sure you do not have bronchitis. Important to hydrate ...Read more

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The ER said I had upper respitory infection. They didn't give me meds or perscription. I have this bad cough what can I do?

The ER said I had upper respitory infection. They didn't give me meds or perscription. I have this bad cough what can I do?

OVER THE COUNTER MED: You have a bad cold. Take over the counter decongestant such as pseudephedrine if you still have nasal congestion. Take an anti-tussive such as Robitussin dm. Take cough lozenges for a sore throat. This is a viral infection. Antibiotics will not help it. It will resolve in 7 days. The dry cough may persist at night for afew weeks. ...Read more

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I went to the doctor and I was told I have respiratory infection I have been in my bed under covers. I have a 99.7 temp is this normal?

I went to the doctor and I was told I have respiratory infection I have been in my bed under covers. I have a 99.7 temp is this normal?

Normal?: It is not truly normal to have a respiratory infection, but many people get such infections (they often resolve on their own), so we could say it is a normal part of life. Without knowing any of the details, one can assume that it is normal to have a slight fever during the course of a respiratory infection, and that it is normal to be under the covers at some time during the day or night. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more